SKIING should be fun, skiing should be a song – or so says my instructor as I struggle to stay upright on my first day in the stunning Slovenian mountains.
But as I face-plant for the second time from the baby slope ski lift, I wonder if the hills will ever be alive with the sound of my music.
Slovenia’s stunning Vogel resort is one of several the country has to offerCredit: Shutterstock
For many, ski trips mean glitzy Alpine resorts in France, Italy and Austria.
But for sheer value for money, Slovenia is a great place to pull on your salopettes — no matter how advanced you are.
There are plenty of low-cost flights into capital Ljubljana and the ski resorts are around two hours from there by car.
But it is the prices in the resorts that will really surprise.
A beer on the slopes will set you back just £2, while a hearty stew in a mountainside restaurant will cost around £5.
And a three-day lift pass covering multiple resorts is just £85 — you’d hardly get a day’s skiing in France for that.
The ski season runs from November to May, and during my hectic four-day stay I visited three resorts — Rogla, Krvavec and Vogel.
Rogla is about two hours outside of the capital and is popular with families.
The resort’s 3H Hotel Rogla has upgraded rooms which offer guests a relaxing escape from £55pp, per night.
As well as being right in the centre of the action, the hotel has an indoor pool and excellent spa facilities.
Away from the slopes a magical tree-top walk is a must. It offers incredible views of the forest 20m below the tree canopy.
There is also a 35m viewing tower and fun tunnel slide.
Second resort Krvavec has the highest mountain in Slovenia. An hour’s drive from the airport, it is accessed only by a hairy-looking (but per-fectly safe) gondola ride.
It was here I did most of my falling — and learning — during a long day on the slightly steeper, but still baby, slope.
My fiancée and I did manage to get to the top of a proper ski slope — albeit without skiing — and the views were beautiful, a recurrent theme on our trip.
Our room in the resort’s Hotel Krvavec was clean but basic. However, you don’t come to a ski slope to stay in.
Soothed sore limbs
The hotel’s buffet restaurant offered up a decent breakfast and local specialities for lunch and dinner.
Our final day of skiing was in Vogel, a favourite of Slovenians for its jaw-dropping views.
The vistas from the top of the slopes are just incredible. It is like being in another world, with snow-capped peaks as far as the eye can see.
Instructor Jaka took us up the blue slope for proper skiing — well, proper for us anyway.
Thanks to his reassurance, banter and expert teaching, we got down quite a few times and finally felt like skiers — before hitting a slope-side bar for a burger and Slovenian beer.
We celebrated our ski successes in the best possible way with a final night at the exquisite, eco-friendly 5H Hotel Bohinj on Lake Bohinj.
We soothed sore limbs in the hotel’s indoor and outdoor pool complexes before enjoying a fantastic locally sourced meal in the high-end, contemporary 2864 Restaurant.
Admiring the stunning forest and mountain views from our room as we settled in for the night, I wondered if my skiing had been like a song?
Probably not, but I’d had a wonderful time trying to strike a tune.
The treet canopy walkway in RoglaCredit: Getty
Slovenia’s resorts are cheap and easy to get to, and low-cost when you are thereCredit: Shutterstock
The views from the top of the mountains are out of this worldCredit: Shutterstock